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  • May 1, 2011

    Walking All the Way to the Bank

    Dog walk fundraisers are fun and they often raise lots of money for shelter programs. But these lively events don't just happen by themselves—a dedicated team has to lay the groundwork months in advance. Here's how to walk this way.

  • May 1, 2011

    Volunteer Management: People Who Need People

    Recruiting new volunteers should wait until you've built a strong foundation, and your program can handle the increase in numbers. Here's how to find the right people.

  • March 1, 2011

    Q & A: Success in South Florida

    Veterinarian Sara Pizano faced daunting challenges when she took over as head of Miami-Dade Animal Services in 2005, such as no pain medications and a very high infectious disease and mortality rate. Within five years, she and her staff turned it around, winning major awards from the Florida Animal Control Association. How did she do it?

  • March 1, 2011

    Yes, We Have Some Chihuahuas

    With a little help from its friends, the Sacramento SPCA took in and cared for more than 150 animals from an overcrowded home.

  • January 1, 2011

    Volunteer Management: Avoiding the Bait and Switch

    Whether they work in a truly volunteer-positive environment or one that's still struggling to make the employee/volunteer gears mesh effectively, it's vital that volunteer coordinators be honest with prospective volunteers about what to expect.

  • January 1, 2011

    Q & A: Gold Standards—and Bare Minimums

    Nearly a decade in the making, the animal care guidelines developed for the sheltering field by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians will be released this spring.

  • January 1, 2011

    Pen Pals

    An unusual partnership brings an animal shelter and emergency evacuation site inside prison walls.

  • November 1, 2010

    Rescued from Squalor

    Through the lens of one hoarding seizure in Mississippi, we look at the phenomenon of hoarding, and explore ways that even smaller shelters can prepare to handle a major case.

  • September 1, 2010

    Shelter Medicine: Canine Distemper Virus: Anatomy of an Outbreak

    Canine distemper virus can easily enter a shelter, is tricky to diagnose, and may wreak havoc on a shelter's dog population. A veterinarian and a shelter official discuss the policies and procedures that helped a shelter in West Kennebunk, Maine, cope with an outbreak.

  • September 1, 2010

    Q & A: Force for Good

    The behind-the-scenes legwork put in by the Wilde Puppy Mill Task Force makes dramatic puppy mill rescues possible.

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